Santa Clarita Track Club
Santa Clarita Track Club Newsletter
  August 19, 2013
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Dear Team,


Well... 2 weeks in and there are several observations from me: first, we are still growing. It's not too late to join either, so if you have friends considering it go ahead and bring them out. As a team we continue to grow every year which is exciting. Wow!! Second observation is that I am already seeing improvement. Running isn't the type of sport you can relax on if you want to improve so keep up the hard work, take it easy when I say you can, and push through when it's time to get tough. Finally, new families are always exciting and I am already seeing some new parents step in and be a big part of us. Feel free to speak up if you have a recommendation, or jump in if you want to help with leading a group of kids. You are all seeing that the more of the parents we have running with us, the more encouragement we can give to the kids and the better they will feel about the workouts.


So what's next up? Week three will bring some new elements to the workouts: speed, and hills primarily. You will start to see a clear distinction in practices with Monday taking on the role of longer more steady runs with a little tempo thrown in from time to time. Tuesday will turn into speed/hill workouts. Make sure especially this night you prepare by drinking an electrolyte and water, also bring both with you to the workout. These workouts get your heart rate up and are key to your improvement in racing. Thursdays are geared towards strength and hill training. Longer intervals. This is equally as important as the Tuesday night practice. Saturdays for the next couple weeks is tempo/strength focused. Of course we will also continue to increase the core workouts to build the strength that helps carry you through the tough parts of the races and workouts.


As we continue to progress through the season there are a couple requests I have: first keep having fun, I promise you will continue to feel stronger so don't get discouraged. My final request is to prepare for the workouts. There are 2 primary ways to do that: first is with nutrition which we have talked about. Hydration and solid foods are critical to give your body the energy it needs to workout hard in the heat. Again, drinking several glass of water during the day and 30-60 minutes before practice drinking a glass of electrolyte will give you the liquid needed to succeed. The second way is to stretch a little extra at home if your calves or hamstrings and anywhere else is getting sore. Calves are going to be the key to keeping healthy so at home you can do a little warmup, jumping jacks or a short jog down the block, then do our 2 calf stretches against the wall. Straight leg first, then bring the foot closer to the wall and bend your knee to get a lower calf stretch. WE DON'T WANT INJURIES so keep in mind, I can only see so much. If you have questions about tightness come talk to me.


Alright, long newsletter. The beach day was incredible, if you weren't there not only did we miss you but you really missed it. Thanks to all the parents who made the trip out to Carp, we were all rewarded with spectacular weather.


Monday night it starts again. Have a great day at work and school and be ready to run at West Creek Park.



Thank you,
Coach Jeremy


Cross Country Sign Ups


Sign Ups for Cross Country are still open. Please download the signup paperwork and bring it to practice.

Jelly Beans & Jolly Ranchers 
At this time we are going to ask that you hold on to your donations of jelly beans or Jolly ranchers, we have plenty for the time being, we will let you know if we need more.
Practice For The Week Of Aug 19 - Aug 24

Monday Aug 19 - West Creek Park (Click for a map)
24093 W Village Cir, Valencia, CA 91354
(Take Rio Norte Dr, towards Jr HS, go to Village Circle Drive, its a one way street, turn right and go all the way around, we will be meeting at the picnic tables, there is parking all the way around the park.)


Tuesday Aug 20 - College of the Canyons next to Baseball diamonds


Thursday Aug 22 - Central Park near the basketball courts


Saturday Aug 24 - Central Park Near the basketball courts

Show your spirit by getting your Storm gear, we have hats, tee-shirts, tank tops, tech tee-shirts, sweats, in various designs & colors.   
Click here to download the Stormwear order form
Urgent Alert Text System
If you would like to join our Urgent Alert Text System, on your cell phone text the word "STORMXC" to 41411 and you should be greeted with a welcome message, we use this system rarely for very important urgent alerts, for example, We cancel practice early due to unforeseen circumstances.
Photographers needed - Photos Wanted
We need people who can take pictures at our events, such as practices, Beach trip, and meets. If you could get your pictures to Elaine Bingham each week we like to build a slide show of what took place to put on our website. Please try to put them onto a flash drive, we will return it the next day. or you can upload to cloud drives but please zip them into 1 file so it is easy to download the entire set.  Thanks

Alan Bingham     
Alan Bingham

Santa Clarita Track Club